A desktop computer is a personal computer in a form intended for regular use at a
single location desk/table due to its size and power requirements (cf. Wikipedia).
A laptop or a notebook is a portable personal computer with a clamshell form
factor, suitable for mobile use. There was a difference between laptops and
notebooks in the past, but nowadays it has gradually died away. Laptops are
commonly used in a variety of settings, including at work, in education, and for
A laptop combines the components and inputs of a desktop computer, including display,
speakers, keyboard and pointing device (such as a touchpad or a trackpad) into a
single device. Most modern-day laptops also have an integrated webcam and a
microphone. A laptop can be powered either from a rechargeable battery, or by mains
electricity via an AC adapter. Laptop is a diverse category of devices and other more
specific terms, such as rugged notebook or convertible, refer to specialist types of
laptops, which have been optimized for specific uses. Hardware specifications change
significantly between different types, makes and models of laptops (cf. Wikipedia).